When did you first find out you were interested in gardening?
"When my wife and I were first married, we lived in an apartment, so we were limited to houseplants... Much of what we learned was through trial and error. My parents were gardeners, but oddly enough, a lot of their knowledge did not rub off on me. "
What has been your greatest accomplishment as a Master Gardener?
"Becoming more comfortable with the field of Horticulture. Also, I take great pride in helping to coordinate educational programs. These programs help to benefit the public and also help increase membership."
What type of projects have you invested most of your time in?
"Previously, our unit has had a program on organic gardening. Future programs will include Herbs and Herb Gardening. Water Gardening, Hydroponics, and Insect Identification."
What year did you graduate from the Master Gardener training class?
What is your favorite aspect of the Master Gardener program?
"Interacting with people and problem solving. I also enjoy the plant clinics that Virginia Cooperative Extension hosts. "
In what area of gardening would you say you're most experienced in?
"Learning how to enjoy a garden yet peacefully coexisting with wildlife. For example, my home is in a mountainous area and is home to a very diverse mixture of wildlife. One of the biggest threats to my garden is deer. I love having the opportunity to watch them, but they can do major damage to my plants! Even though I try to plan deer resistant plants, in a period of drought, deer are likely to eat anything."
What advice would you give to new gardeners?
"Plan! Always have a plan about what you want to include in your garden. Make sure that you do enough research about: hardiness zones, what your neighbors are planting, and what the local nurseries have to offer. Also, know what makes plants grow. How much sunlight? Are they drought resistant?"
Anything else you would like to add?
"I would just like to tell anyone that is interested in plants, flowers, and landscaping that this is a wonderful program to be a part of. It is a great way to meet people who have a mutual appreciation for plants."